Makalali Private Game Reserve is located close to the Drakensberg Mountains, west of the Kruger National Park. A sizeable Reserve, comprising 26 000ha of pristine African bushveld savanna and is home to a large number of game species, including Africa’s “Big 5”. With some spectacular riverine areas, game viewing takes place on custom-built game viewers, allowing guests to get up close and personal with some big game species, while enjoying the peace and quiet of the bush veld.
Makalali’s newest addition, Main Lodge, comprises 30 comfortably designed superior rooms. The main “Lodge area” has a more modern design, with a thoroughly open feel to the areas, giving you the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the bushvled while relaxing in comfort between activities. The main area sports a large rim-flow pool which overlooks the waterhole just up from the Makhutswi River. A large boma gives one ample opportunity to take in the Milky Way while enjoying some fine dining straight from the pot.
Makalali’s signature River Lodge has also undergone a major revamping. The rooms have been totally redone on the inside, now sporting a more updated look and feel with a modern fireplace to warm you up after those chilly winter game drives. The bathrooms have been treated with a large stand-alone bath which looks out onto the river, which a indoor and outdoor shower give you your choice when not feeling too adventurous.
The vegetation on Makalali is diverse, allowing for some unique game viewing opportunities. Big 5 are regularly seen on drives, with interactions often leaving one’s adrenalin flowing, giving many stories to discuss at the dinner table afterwards.
The Low Down ….
Accommodation: 4-star Luxury Lodge, and 5-star Luxury Game Lodge
Rooms: Makalali Main Lodge – 30 comfortable modern superior rooms; Makalali River Lodge – 3 private camps each with 6 luxury rooms along the river.
Pool/Spa: Makalali Main Lodge – A large pool is situated in the main area. Spa facilities are available; Makalali River Lodge – each private camp has a pool in the main area,
Restaurant/Bar: Makalali Main Lodge – A large central dining area, as well as a large bona for dinners. A central bar area is located in the main area; Makalali River Lodge – each private camp has a smaller dining area, as well as a bona used for dinners.
Wifi: Wifi available at the Main Lodge. River Lodge each room has its own wifi.
Activities: Main activity available are game drives, twice daily. Other activities off the Reserve include Hot Air Ballooning, Golfing Excursions, Cheetah Breeding station and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.